Estes Valley Partners for Commerce

PO Box 2713 Estes Park, CO 80517

 

Our Board of Directors consist of the following members:

  • PresidentCharley Dickey: Charley Dickey and his wife Kathleen George operate Rustic Mountain Charm in downtown Estes Park. With Charley’s background in finance, business management, start-ups, sales and marketing, he also has started a local business consulting company called P & L Business Consulting. Upon moving to Estes Park, Charley immediately became involved with the civic life of Estes Park, fighting for the continuation of EPURA as a tool but under new management.  While attending the Citizen’s Information Academy and the Citizen Police Academy, he had the opportunity to become acquainted with the Trustees, Mayor and Town Staff.  He has continued to help represent the business community and work toward improving year round business to improve the local economy.  He is the co-creator of the Economic Development Task Force from which the Estes Park EDC evolved and has served on several Boards such as the Downtown Business Partners, Estes Valley Planning Commission, Local Marketing District, the GO NOCO RTA Board and the Trail Gazette Editorial Board. Charley also participates in many community committees most recently the co-Chair of the Childcare Services Committee, a sub-committee of the Estes Park EDC.
  • Vice President, Kent Smith: I have owned and operated Smith Sign Studio since 1963 after learning and inheriting the business from my Dad with brief sojourns in teaching, school administration and professional theatre arts. I have been a member of many Chambers of Commerce and on their boards so I bring that experience to Partners for Commerce. I have also been involved with economic development, business incubator, urban renewal, consulting nationally and community sustainability groups for over 40 plus years.
  • Treasurer, Kirby Nelson-Hazelton: Kirby was born and raised near Chicago, IL but has been visiting Estes Park since she was young. She even took her first steps in Glacier Basin Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park! In 2005, Kirby moved to Colorado for her undergrad, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Business from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs. She lived in the Springs and in Denver before moving to Estes Park in 2011. Here, Kirby met her now-husband Jordan, and enjoys lifestyle of hiking, camping, and exploring with their dog Harley. Kirby is a marketing and business development consultant and works closely with several local businesses on developing their marketing strategies. She is also a board member of Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center and enjoys volunteering for many non-profits, including Summit Dog Rescue. Kirby is honored to be Treasurer of the the EVPC Board, and to give back to the place and people she loves so dearly.
  • Secretary, Ann Wilcocks: Ann has lived in Estes Park for 18 years and Colorado for 33 years.  Ann and her husband Ron raised their two children here.  They were drawn to the area by the natural beauty, slower pace of life and the good schools.  Ann and Ron have owned Earthwood Artisans and Earthwood Collections for 17 years, and Earthwood Gallery in Boulder for nine years.  She enjoys bringing beautiful, unique art to her local customers and visitors.  Ann loves living in Estes Park and is excited to join the Board of EVPC.  She has wanted to find a volunteer position where she can make a positive contribution.  She brings extensive knowledge in management of retail and commercial property businesses including marketing, budgeting, financial projections, staff management and training, and all facets of business bookkeeping.  Ann wants to help increase EVPC’s membership by showing business owners that there are many benefits to being a member. 
  • Jon Nicholas: Jon Nicholas is the President/CEO of the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation, formed in August of 2013.  In that role, he is committed to the economic vitality of the Estes Valley.  Prior to that time, he served as the Business Resources Coordinator for the Estes Valley Library District, forming regional connections to resources for local business.  Prior to that, his work included serving as an attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo, Japan, and also as a campaign manager on political campaigns in Kansas and Michigan.  He holds a B.B.A. from Washburn University of Topeka, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago.  Jon also serves on the Boards of Visit Estes Park and Estes Valley Partners for Commerce. 
  • Nick Smith: Brewer, Cook, Model American.  After working on local code change the first 8 months of 2014 and successfully changing the local codes to better accommodate Breweries and ultimately all craft beverages, Nick was able to start legally developing his business. He opened the Lumpy Ridge Brewing Company on July 18,2015.  Estes Valley Partners for Commerce helped not only facilitate communications with the town throughout the code change and development process, but they also facilitated relationships for Nick with other interested craft beverage and business people.  Amen.
  • Derek Vinge: Born and raised in the Twin Cites of Minnesota where he attended Hamline University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and minor in English.  Out of college, Derek began his career in financial institutionally having spent time in  the hedge fund platform with Cargill.  This geared his decision to shift focus and move to personal finance where after a long stint with Ameriprise Financial he was able to take the amazing opportunity to move his family and career to Edward Jones Investments and Estes Park.  Derek's wife Gina owns a boutique salon here in town and 3 of his 4 children are in the Estes Park school system (the fourth being in her sophomore year of college studying nursing).  In addition to serving on the EVPC board Derek also serves on the Board of Directors for the sunrise Rotary Club.
  • McShan Walker
  • John Witmer
  • Ingrid Bush
  • Lars Sage

The purpose of the Board of Directors is to govern the activities of the Estes Valley Partners for Commerce; an association of business men and women who protect and promote the commercial interests of a broad cross-section of the business community. 

Objectives Provide leadership dedicated to expanding the appeal of the organization through the oversight, development and implementation of a unique combination of products and services that create value added benefits for members.

  • Encourage the collaborative efforts of the membership.

  • Foster strategic partnerships with other organizations with common interests.

  • Continue to enhance the economic vitality, and global competitiveness of our community.

  • Develop regulations and policy that assist in the proper governance of the association.

Current Policy Projects

  • Board Member Oath of Office

  • Code of Ethics for Board Members

  • Confidentiality Policy for Employees, Volunteers and Board Members

  • Document Retention Policy

Strategic Planning

  • Social Media Adoption

  • Communications Strategy